Midnight Lager
Stella Artois

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Style:
European Dark Lager
Ranked #47
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
81
Ranked #36,570
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.84%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
32
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Stella Artois
 
Belgium
Avail:
One-off
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
81
Good
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Photo of BrewAskew
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours to a beige head that falls to a thin film and laces sporadically. Very dark brown, nearly black color. Clear.

Aroma:
Roasted malts, dark chocolate. Slight spicy hop

Flavor:
Tastes rosty, smoky and like bitter dark chocolate. Low hop bitterness and flavor. Crisp dry bitter chocolate finish.

MouthfeeL:
Medium body and CO2. Feels like dark chocolate on the tongue. No harshness or burn.

Overall:
This is a dark lager that would be ideal for those who love really strong dark Belgian chocolate. Nowhere does it say the beer contains chocolate, it is just an effect of the roasted malts, which is a common theme of these types of beers. It is not too sweet which is just as well because it would be much more expensive otherwise. To get that intense dark color and flavor they had to use prodigious amounts of dark chocolate malts.

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Photo of Nass
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The pour is in between dark brown & black with a khaki head that sticks around for a few seconds. The taste is faint dark chocolate, caramel, caramelized sugar, mild dark & the finish has a little bit of smokey cigar char ash that tends to go away as the beer warms. Sorry but I have to agree with another fellow reviewer on this website that this beer is a rather bland tasting. The flavor notes in this beer are a little tame but they are headed the right route with this beer. Cheers! B-

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a European dark lager to have in the winter with dinner, it's hard to do better. Really just a striking beer in a Stella chalice, and it's crisp and refreshing. Maybe I'm over big beers. This really hit the spot

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Photo of donspublic
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2 finger tan head, good retention and lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt and slight roasted coffee notes. Taste follows the nose, some malt sweetness, roasted malt, smokiness thru the middle and a good firm bitterness on the finish. Finish is on the dry side which makes it easy to come back to. Lingering smokiness/roast on the palate. Not complex by any means, but a simple drinker with some personality. The roast isn't overbearing and the lingering smokiness/roast on the palate is pleasing. Grabbed a single, but will probably grab a 6/12 pack of this to have around for parties

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brownish black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and coffee and then picks up some caramel and dark chocolate. Finishes with lingering roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid Euro dark lager that is very easy to drink. Definitely not too heavy. Makes for a good winter brew

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Photo of The_Beer_Vest_Guys
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An exceptional pouring from Stella. Limited edition makes for a great buy and hold, though not sure how this one will store. Nothing too fancy about the taste/aromas, yet enjoyable enough to have back to back, unlike many stout options.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark body with minimal lacing and head.
Smell of roasted malt.
Taste is very bland with some metal on the finish. I was expecting more but then it falls in line with Stella lager in that respect.
Overall I do not recommend this beer if you are looking for a dark lager.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First impression from a bottle:

5.4% ABV. "Midnight lager." "Premium dark lager."

Pours a healthy fluffy khaki head - ~6-8cm in height - that billows in my nonic and lasts a good ~7 minutes. Body colour is a predictable opaque black. Appears filtered despite its opacity. Has a clean presentation. Appealing.

Aroma brings dark malts and maybe some specialty chocolate malt but not rich bready malts or overt roasted barley. Tame but appealing. I find no hop aromatics or yeasty aromatics...seems like clean lager yeast left this well attenuated and ester free.

Texture is smooth, soft, coating, wet, and approachable, though I'd stop short of calling it refreshing. Light-bodied. Not oily, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or heavy on the palate.

Dark malts and scintillae of chocolate malts are basically all this beer brings to the table flavour-wise. Not rich or bready, but its simplistic malt sweetness is endearing and unpretentious. A straightforward balanced dark lager that isn't trying to be anything more than a drinkable dark beer for the masses...I like it.

Not up there with the best dark lagers I've had (e.g. Czech tmavý), but likable in its own right. A simple beer you don't have to think to much about while drinking...would pair well with meat and potatoes, pierogi, or other simple hearty fare.

C+ (3.17) / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
12/02/19 bottle:

Dark bread. Cola. Toasted bread crust. Caramelized sugars. Prune.

Balanced and drinkable if a bit simple and shallow.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stella Artois "Stella Artois"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, brewed in Baldwinsville, NY. "BEST BEFORE 08APR20881124"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Just to be clear, Anheuser-Busch is in Baldwinsville, NY, but I have no problem with that. It's more environmentally conscious to brew it here than to ship it across the Atlantic. So what is this? All it says is "Premium Dark Lager". I guess we'll find out. It's poured a very dark mahogany brown body that appears black in the full glass. The head is an inch or so tall, and looks like thin but kind of creamy tan foam. There's not really anything to the aroma other than a light bit of dark malt. The flavor, however, is much fuller and includes notes of medium and dark caramel, and a little bit of what I'd call almost-burnt sugar. There's a touch of dark chocolate to it, some dark dried fruitiness, and just the slightest edge of roastiness A median bitterness balances it and it finshes dry with notes of chocolate, watery black coffee, a soft earthiness, subtle spiciness, and just a suggestion of smokiness lingering. Tasked with assigning a style of beer to this I think I'd go with schwarzbier of the top of my head, although "European dark lager" can't be argued either. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall I'm fairly impressed although I find the aroma a touch lacking, and I don't feel that the head retention and lacing were very good at all. If that's a trade-off for the softer mouthfeel I'll take it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stella Artois Midnight Lager has a very thick, beige head, a very dark brown, with red-brown highlights, and some glass lacing. The aroma is of cream, brown bread crust, dark molasses, and coffee. The flavor is similar, with no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stella Artois Midnight Lager finishes medium dry.

RJT

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

never thought i would see the day here, a new beer from stella, wow! the handles look cool shiny gold and obsidian black, classy. the beer is surprisingly good for something at this global macro level. its deep dark in color and has a lot of roast to it in flavor, a lot more of that dark bitter barley than a lot of its international peers, where its more in color than flavor. i also like that this has an appreciable lager yeast character, its not sterile, and that makes sense for stella, im not sure its identical to their famous lager, but its close, decidedly european and timeless, i like that i can taste it here. finally, the beer is dry. i cant even count how many of these ive had that just come across sweet, more like a brown ale than anything black or lagered, but this is almost crisp in texture and has very little residual sugar, which really is its best feature. smooth to drink, nicely carbonated, and with some lingering coffee type roast at the end, really much better than i expected it to be overall. an easy pint for its color, and a beer i will drink again. they really did a good job with this, i cant imagine a huge demand here in the states, but this is way better than many of its peers. a nice surprise and a flavorful beer in a style that often seems cheap and safe to me.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saw this new. Picked some up. Popping the top I get a nice waft of roasted malts and cocoa. Pours to an opaque black with a big tan head. Taste is nice and creamy, roasted malt a hint of coffee and a cocoa finish. A nice chaulky chocolate aftertaste. Good carbonation and smooth. A very nive drinker.

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Midnight Lager from Stella Artois
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 32 ratings